– Teresa Madaleno:
Most people are aware of the strain on our hospitals. Physicians and healthcare administrators have said the problems plaguing the system have been around for a long time, but the COVID-19 pandemic made it worse. Experts in healthcare have also indicated that they are willing to look at all safe steps to improve care. Sparta Group’s CASPR™ can be one of those steps. One trial shows just how relevant the technology can be in the hospital setting.
CASPR™ stands for Continuous Air and Surface Pathogen Reduction and it’s a technology that Sparta provides thanks to a development and distribution agreement with CASPR Group. The CASPR™ technology allows for continuous reduction of viruses and other harmful pathogens in the air and on surfaces; including surfaces in forced-air ventilation systems.
CASPR has been installed in all sorts of settings, including gyms, schools, offices, medical clinics, and hospitals. In a hospital trial, CASPR products were installed in the HVAC system and applied low levels of oxidizing molecules over a four-month period. Compared to the previous year, there was a reduction of staff absentee hours from 1,313 to 762. That’s a 44 percent improvement.
“We would never suggest that the technology can solve all the hospital problems in this country, but we are proud that we can contribute in an important way to keeping much needed hospital staff on the job,” said Jason Smith, Director of Sparta Health Group.
Designed by award winning doctor, Christophe Suchy Ph.D., the CASPR technology uses a multi-wavelength ultraviolet light and catalyst with a proprietary coating and screen design to covert moisture and airborne oxygen into oxidizing molecules, including low-level hydrogen peroxide. This disinfects both the air and surfaces. Essentially, CASPR™ creates healthier air to breathe and cleaner surfaces for staff and patients.
In hospital settings maintenance can slow down hospital room turnover time. Smith pointed out that in addition to its disinfecting quality, CASPR™ requires zero maintenance. There is one other bonus with CASPR. In short-staffed hospitals, schools, and companies, there can be a reduction in costs, as well as time associated with manual disinfecting of surfaces and the purchasing of cleaning supplies.